Istanbul: Cruise Calls Scheduled Again

In 2015 Istanbul saw some 300 calls and 600,000 cruise guests. Most Black Sea itineraries used the port for turnaround operations with a well-linked international airport nearby. Geopolitical issues sent traffic into a nosedive, with cruise calls falling off dramatically, with just 42 calls in 2016. “It killed the port,” said Figen Ayan, vice presidentContinue reading “Istanbul: Cruise Calls Scheduled Again”

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Cruise companies reducing Mediterranean presence

Ongoing instability in the Mediterranean region is prompting cruise companies to trim capacity there, with the latest example coming from Celebrity Cruises, for summer 2017. Celebrity said it will keep the 2,850-passenger Celebrity Equinox in Miami next spring after it completes its winter cruise schedule, instead of returning to the Mediterranean, where this summer it willContinue reading “Cruise companies reducing Mediterranean presence”

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MSC Cruises the latest line to drop Turkey port calls

MSC Cruises said that it is substituting calls in Greece for planned stops in Istanbul and Izmir on its cruises this spring and summer because of “growing concerns by guests as a result of the recent tragic events in Istanbul.” The decision impacts the MSC Magnifica, which will be based in Venice starting March 26Continue reading “MSC Cruises the latest line to drop Turkey port calls”

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